It’s a new month, which means a new topic. I thought this month we’d go back to the classics, namely Shakespeare. We did Shakespeare when Mr. Curiosity was in third grade, which is where Miss Adventure is now. Shakespeare is definitely important enough that we can study his life and works multiple times. I do like to cover both aspects of Shakespeare, so I have two types of books that we used this week.
Alternate title: Magister Ludi
Published: 1943 in German; I read the 1969 English translation
Genre: science fictionish
Setting: Germany, some indefinite time in the future
Interest: It was recommended somewhere, with some other classic science fiction. I keep trying some of the older stuff so I thought I’d read this book as well. Continue reading
Genre: middle-grade historical fiction
Length: 244 pages
Setting: Hawaii, around the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor
Interest: Mr. Curiosity chose it as his latest bedtime story because it has to do with WWII. I’m sure that’s why I bought the book in the first place. Continue reading
Genre: middle grade fiction
Length: 182 pages
Setting: Naomi, Florida, probably around the 1970s
Interest: I needed another audio book for a trip to a gymnastics meet. This was a shorter trip, so I needed a shorter book. I knew Kate DiCamillo’s work (we’ve enjoyed her Mercy Watson stories for the picture book age, Bink and Gollie stories for the short chapter book age, and The Tale of Despereaux) so I felt this was likely to be a good book as well. Continue reading
Genre: science fiction
Length: 7 pages
Setting: Earth after the singularity
Interest: It was included in the 2014 Campbellian anthology
Summary: Ashley is a frustrated rebel. She and a group of other like-minded people started a war against the AIs. They won, and have even developed a government. However, Ashley is convinced the AIs lost on purpose. Rob, her boyfriend, doesn’t understand the problem. Society seems to be perfect. I can do anything I want, as long as it doesn’t infringe on anyone else’s rights (the perfect Heinlein society). The AIs just want everyone to be safe.
Final thoughts: As I started reading the story, I recognized it but couldn’t figure out where I had read it before. Turns out it was an Escape Pod episode. The story has an interesting premise. What if the AIs have become smarter than us, but instead of trying to destroy humanity (like we typically see, a la Terminator), they become a benevolent dictator trying to keep us all safe and happy. I do think there would be a portion of the population that wouldn’t be satisfied with safe and happy.
Title comes from: Not an obvious one. Perhaps the AIs have created a Paradise for humanity that some people still want to leave?
Genre: hard science fiction
Length: 403 pages
Setting: mostly the moon Shora, in the world of the Elysium Cycle
Interest: It’s the first book in the Elysium Cycle (followed by Daughter of Elysium). I read The Children Star by Slonczewski and loved it so much I decided to seek out some of her other books. Continue reading